Teacher Bio


Emil Vajda began his piano studies at the age of seven with

Hrant Minassian in his hometown of Island Park, New York. During high school he continued his studies with Jack Chaikin, a graduate of the Juilliard School. 

Mr. Vajda attended Hofstra University where he received

a B.A. in Music in 1979. At Hofstra, he studied piano with

Blanche Abram and Morton Estrin.

After graduating from Hofstra, Mr. Vajda moved into Manhattan and continued his piano studies with Elena Wolkonsky at the Juilliard School. Elena Wolkonsky had been a student of the great piano pedagogue Isabelle Vengerova. 

Mr. Vajda also studied with Adam Aleksander, concert pianist. 


With Emanuel Ax,

May 17, 2012

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Playing a piano in Times Square,

June 22, 2011

Piano lessons, classical piano lessons,

theory lessons


Upper West Side

Upper East Side